At the Garden Museum, the Canvases “to Listen to” of Ivon Hitchens

At the Garden Museum, the Canvases “to Listen to” of Ivon Hitchens
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The wild gardens of Sussex, a coloured home called Greenleaves, semi-abstract landscapes that find inspiration in the continual transformations of the seasons. When he escaped from London during the Second World War, Ivon Hitchens lived with his family on seven hectares of land. In this wild refuge inhabited by sunflowers and poppies in the sandy terrain, among rhododendrons, ferns and silver birch, the artist’s imagination was nourished daily by stimulating variations. The fruit of these experiences manifested itself in the compositions Eye Music, a series of tight rectangular canvases similar to narrations to “listen to”. These unusual songs in paint, comprised of lawns, flowers and forests painted with lively fields of colour are at the centre of the exhibition Ivon Hitchens: The Painter in the Woods from 8 May to 15 July at the Garden Museum. The series tells the story of an unexpected gardener and an artist searching for new perspectives on the natural, as he resuscitates the savage garden of Hitchens in Sussex.
Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel London